Optimizing Your Digital Marketing Strategy – Get Ready for the Rebound!

The Castnet and Tampa Bay Times Digital team has created an educational & motivational webinar for Local Merchants to help them maintain and improve their communication and marketing efforts with customers.    We’re offering this free of charge to Local Merchants and Local Chamber partners.   The Webinar is 45 mins and full of educational tips and best practices – including examples from Local Merchants doing things right during this challenging time.

Webinar Title:  Optimizing Your Digital Marketing Strategy – Get Ready for the Rebound!

Date:  May 19- 9 – 10 AM

Presented by:  Castnet Media & Tampa Bay Times

About the Webinar:  As our Country & Economy prepares to re-open, businesses need a solid marketing strategy to best position themselves and communicate with their customers.   The Digital team at Castnet Media will share best practices and ideas for positioning your business well for the Rebound and Beyond.

Who Should Attend:  Local Business Owners, Anyone in Charge of Marketing their business

Please register for Optimizing Your Digital Marketing Strategy – Are You Ready for the Rebound?  –  presented by Castnet Media and Tampa Bay Times on May 19, 2020 9:00 AM EDT at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (May 12, 2020) – Lakeland Electric is offering a special payment plan for all customers following the lifting of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Safer at Home order. Customers who call to set up the payment plan will have up to six months to pay their outstanding utility bills.

Among other actions, Lakeland Electric paused disconnects for non-payment and late fees in mid-March to provide financial relief to its customers during the pandemic. Disconnects for non-payment will resume June 15. Late fees will continue to be waived until October 1. Customers who set up the plan and continue to pay their current bill plus payment arrangement will not be disconnected.

“We know that many people in our community have faced real financial hardships during the pandemic. We want to give customers time to get back on their feet without undue financial burdens,” said Joel Ivy, Lakeland Electric’s General Manager. “As a public power company, we’re always focused on how we can support our community, particularly during difficult times. Offering this special payment plan is the right thing to do.”

Customers will have until June 15 to call (863) 834-9535 to make a special payment arrangement. The Lakeland Electric call center is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Customers who are still having trouble paying their utility bill should contact us to see what payment assistance programs may be available. More information about Lakeland Electric’s continuing response to COVID-19 and resources can be found at www.lakelandelectric.com/About-Us/COVID-19-Response.



Florida Poly and Microsoft partner to help community succeed in turbulent job market

LAKELAND, Fla. – As COVID-19 continues to impact the job market, Florida Polytechnic University is partnering with tech giant Microsoft to provide students and job seekers the tools they’ll need to adapt and succeed in the current work environment. Microsoft Mondays at Florida Poly is a new series of professional development workshops to be offered this summer for the University community as well as for the general public.

The weekly series kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18, with “Rock Your LinkedIn with Microsoft.” The workshops are free and open to everyone. They will be delivered through Microsoft Teams, which will allow participants to interact directly with the facilitator, ask questions, and collaborate. Those interested in attending should register in advance here or go to floridapoly.edu.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” said MiShara Bronson, community development specialist with Microsoft. “Partnering with Florida Polytechnic University supports our mission and allows us to connect with emerging leaders in the tech industry.”

Pairris Jones, associate director of career development at Florida Poly, said the virtual workshops will give students the tools they need to excel in their academic and professional careers.

“These professional development workshops not only help students understand the culture of Microsoft, but also adjust to the current COVID-19 situation in the work environment,” said Jones of the workshops, which are part of Career Opportunities Developing Evolutionary Success (CODES) preparation programming. “This will teach them how to stay focused on their career goals and create strategies to obtain them.”

Jones said she hopes alumni, prospective students, and other members of the community will also take advantage of the opportunity.

“I would like donors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to participate as well and see that Florida Poly is here, innovative, dynamic, and we’re making a difference,” she said.

Future sessions will include “Master Working from Home,” “Productivity Hacks with Office 365,” and “Start Your Own Business.” Jones said the workshops and other CODES programming will continue throughout the University’s period of remote instruction, as well as when on-campus activities resume.

“We are here to make sure students have outstanding opportunities for professional growth and our partnership with Microsoft is an excellent example of the resources we have available to our University community,” Jones said.

For the most recent university news, visit Florida Poly News.

About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the State University System of Florida. It is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Connect with Florida Poly.



WellMed will be hosting in the month of June for Hurricane preparedness

Click here for information on our drive thru hurricane preparedness that will be hosted at five of our WellMed locations outside of our clinics. We will be providing hurricane preparedness kits via a drive thru process for social distancing purposes.

Click here for more information on a virtual presentation from one our physicians discussing hurricane preparedness on June 10th from 2pm- 3pm.